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Classic Educational Television: ''Mr. Wizard'' - Types of Rocks

Published 1954

An episode of the classic educational television series "Mr. Wizard", which aired on the NBC Television Network and aimed at children. This episode discusses the subject of rocks.

Run time 29:26
Production Company NBC Television Network
Audio/Visual Sound, Black and White


Reviewer: richgoup - - June 27, 2011
Subject: Sticks and Stones (Watch Mr. Wizard).
Mr. Wizard demonstrates the basic geology of rocks to Buzz, by creating a tabletop volcano and explaining the difference between igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks.
Cast: Don Herbert (Mr. Wizard) and Bruce Podewell (Buzz).
From IMDB.
Very good explications and easy to understand. Mr. Wizard don`t make a show of I, Me and Myself.
In the 30 minutesd show there is no commercial. Very enjoyable even today.
Reviewer: Earlon - - February 22, 2010
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Reviewer: Seto-Kaiba_Is_Stupid - - July 10, 2009
Subject: I Uploaded This
I admit that I was taken quite by suprise when I first watched this. There were several eductional shows during the 50's/60's, but they mainly aired on NET (which later morphed into PBS). To see a major network show of this kind was rather unusual. The previous reviewer is right, a lot of this info in this broadcast is still relevant.
Reviewer: skilpad - - June 29, 2009
Subject: Great!
Loved watching this - it covered all essential aspects of rocks. The content is still relevent today.

There seemed to be a great rapport between the young boy and Mr. Wizard. It seems a pity, if the previous reviewer's comment is true, that this was rehersed ad nausium before filming.

The whole film comes across as being very natural and not really staged at all - although it was. A very easy educational film to watch.
Reviewer: zigoto - - June 16, 2009
Subject: Interesting, educational …
… and still fun to watch after 55 years.
I was somewhat disappointed when I learned that the children on his show just acted out what they've been rehearsing for hours prior to the live telecast. But then again it was silly to assume otherwise.
Original air date was August 7, 1954.